May 2002 Issue

The Internet Writing Journal
ISSN No. 1095-3973
Volume 6, Issue 4.

In This Issue:

A Conversation With G. Wayne Miller
G. Wayne Miller, author of the bestselling books Toy Wars (Random House) and King of Hearts (Random House), is an expert at immersion reporting: where the journalist goes inside the world of his subject for an extended period of time. An award-winning journalist for The Providence Journal, he knows how to get unfettered access to a story. For his latest book, Men and Speed (PublicAffairs), Miller spent two years with NASCAR's top Winston Cup team: Roush Racing. The book details the obsession with speed that compels men to compete in one of the most dangerous sports in the world. Granted unprecedented access by the legendary Jack Roush, Miller went behind the scenes of NASCAR and shares his experiences with his readers. In this exclusive interview, he talks to us about his time with the Roush team, the effect that Dale Earnhardt's death had on the sport, and how he himself felt the "need for speed" by the end of his stay.

A Conversation With Evelyn Rogers
Bestselling romance novelist Evelyn Rogers has actually had three careers: journalist, teacher and writer. The author of over twenty-seven books and novellas, Evelyn has fans in all the major subgenres of the romance world, from contemporary to historical. Asked by Dorchester Publishing to help launch its new Gothic Romance imprint, Candleglow, Evelyn stepped into a new genre with Devil in the Dark and her latest book, The Grotto. Be sure to listen in as Evelyn talks about her career change, her road to publication, and how she keeps the romance alive in her forty-five year marriage.

The Top Ten FAQs On The Business Of Songwriting: #4
This month nationally syndicated radio talk show host, songwriter and CEO of CQK Music & Records Mary Dawson continues her series of articles, entitled "The Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions on the Business of Songwriting." The fourth article, #4 in the countdown, answers the question: Will I ever be able to give up my day-gig?

TSTL: A Writer's Life
Is a romance author TSTL? Award-winning romance novelist Dee Davis, author of Dark of the Night (Ballantine) explores the issue in her humorous take on the writer's life. Not sure what TSTL means? By all means, read Dee's article to find out!

Web Editing: The Basics
So you want to write for the Web. Then a full understanding of the peculiarities of editing for websites is clearly in order. Let experts Jonathan and Lisa Price be your guide in this must-read excerpt from their new book, Hot Text: Web Writing That Works (New Riders).

Seven Steps to Better Humor Writing
Do You Have What it Takes to Write Humor? Writing humor is extremely difficult. But there are some tricks to the trade which can help you improve your skills in this area. Jan Hornung shows you how in her article, "Seven Steps to Better Humor Writing."

Book Reviews

Children's Books

The Castaway by James Stevenson (HarperCollins)
Laura Numeroff's 10-Step Guide to Living With Your Monster by Laura Numeroff, Illustrated by Nate Evans (HarperCollins)
Lizzy's Do's and Don'ts by Jessica Harper, Illustrated by Lindsay Harper duPont (HarperCollins)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game Illustrated by Laura Blanken Merer (HarperCollins)

Computer Books

10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition by Shelley O'Hara (Que)
Photoshop 6 Shop Manual by Donnie O'Quinn (New Riders)


A Caress of Twilight by Laurell K. Hamilton (Ballantine)
Peril's Gate (Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 6) by Janny Wurts (Eos)
Star Trek Voyager: The Hologram's Handbook by Robert Picardo, Illustrations by Jeff Yagher (Pocket Books)
Star Wars: Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide by Ben Burtt, Illustrations by Sergio Aragones (Del Ray)


Agatha Raisin and the Love From Hell by M. C. Beaton (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Amazonia by James Rollins (William Morrow)
The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria by Laura Joh Rowland (St. Martin's Minotaur)


In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking With Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant by Jody Adams & Ken Rivard (William Morrow)
Men and Speed by G. Wayne Miller (Public Affairs)
Recipe for a Country Inn by Donna Leahy (William Morrow)
The Ultimate Shrimp Book by Bruce Weinstein (William Morrow)


The Grotto by Evelyn Rogers (Love Spell)
Night Games by Nina Bangs (Lovespell)
The Pursuit by Johanna Lindsey (William Morrow)

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